Taste From Heaven:
by Brian Baxter
Super Restaurant and Cooking School in City Centre
This restaurant is the epitome of all that is good about
eating out. It offers, as the quaint British saying goes,
‘the fully monty’ – accurately pressing the handful of
buttons that make us get off our butts and head out in
hopeful anticipation of not just a decent meal but of an
enjoyable evening out.
First off it is a vegetarian restaurant with none of the
occasional holier than though attitude which used to typify
some such places. The menu is large and varied and certainly
pleased the dedicated meat eaters I have visited it with.
They also provide a good choice of alcoholic and soft
drinks. More of that later.
One of the most appealing aspects is the supremely
comfortable and welcoming atmosphere. This can only be ‘sensed’,
rather like entering someone’s home and having that
immediate sense of well being, rather than entering a show
house. It is usually referred to as ambiance in restaurant
terms; difficult to define but palpably real. A little over
lit perhaps, but this is a question of taste. So not for
It takes the form of the spacious room, with well spaced
tables, attractive decoration (especially the colour
photographs on the walls – some of the proceeds go to help
an elephant sanctuary). There is a little ‘shop’ in one
corner, a display counter, with cakes for sale, and a small
internet facility. To the rear is a leafy garden where one
can also eat. And on the first floor a day time cooking
school, which caters for a maximum of six people.
Another plus is the service. Menus are quickly brought, but
then one is left in peace. No anxious pushing of drinks or
hovering at the table whilst one tries to choose from the
large and exciting range of food. But once you have made
your choice the food comes quite quickly. By the way rice is
limited to brown or sticky and this seems to me a minor
omission. The first I find too heavy and rather like whole
meal pasta somewhat redundant and the latter better with
sweet dishes or som tum, that great papaya salad.
And finally- and not least given these baht strong days –
there is the excellent value. Taste from Heaven is in the
heart of town, a short walk from Thapae Gate, and the
premises are large and airy, but somehow the prices have
been kept reasonable. You can even get a set lunch for 99
baht and I went there with a Thai friend for ‘brunch’ and
the total cost was around 300 baht, with fruit drinks.
Assuming though – as is the case for this review – there is
a quartet of hungry farangs, with a thirst enough to sink a
large bottle of Singha or Chang beer each, then reckon on up
to 300 baht a head for a full meal, including drinks and
well deserved service. There is also a selection of wines
and masses of other soft drinks, teas and so on. Prices of
drinks are also not inflated.
Our mini feast comprised pumpkin soup with garlic bread for
three of the party (45 baht), some delicious fresh spring
rolls (50), a welcome change from the deep fried variety and
best of all a Banana Flower Salad (also 45). A tasty green
curry was just as interesting as the Penang Curry I had had
a few days earlier. We also enjoyed Morning Glory but were
sadly too full for any of the puddings listed. You will find
Tastes from Heaven at 237-239 Thapae Road, next to a Wat and
across from a large Krung Thai Bank. They open every day
from breakfast time (8.30) until about 10.00 pm. They
operate a take away or delivery service. Tel: 053 208 803.
Beef and bacon burgers
America gave the world hamburgers, and I am led to believe
that the average American eats three burgers every week. No wonder McDonalds
could expand at the rate it has done! The original recipe gives the option of
grilling or broiling. Grilling is the way to go!
Ingredients Makes four to six burgers
Lean ground beef 700 gm
Onion, finely chopped ½ cup
Bacon chopped 2 rashers
Worcestershire sauce 1 tbspn
Fresh soft bread crumbs 1 heaped cup
Pepper ¼ tspn
Vegetable oil 2 tbspns
Hamburger buns, split and toasted 6
In a bowl, combine ground
beef, onion, bacon, Worcestershire sauce, bread crumbs, egg, salt,
and pepper. Mix thoroughly until blended. Shape into 4 to 6 burgers
and coat lightly with the flour. Heat oil in a large skillet over
medium heat. Grill the burgers for 7 to 10 minutes on each side, or
until cooked to desired doneness. Serve in toasted buns.
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